Paper Published: Catalytic Depolymerization of Lignin in Supercritical Ethanol (ChemSusChem 8/2014)


Xiaoming Huang, Dr. Tamas I. Koranyi, Dr. Michael D. Boot, Prof. Dr. Emiel J. M Hensen


The Front Cover image shows a single-step process that effectively depolymerizes lignin in supercritical ethanol using an inexpensive CuMgAlOx catalyst. Ethanol not only acts as a hydrogen-donor solvent but also as a capping agent, which can stabilize the highly reactive phenolic intermediates either by O-alkylation of hydroxyl groups or by C-alkylation of the aromatic rings, thus essentially inhibiting repolymerization reactions. High monomer yield can be obtained without char formation. The monomeric products can be used as fuel additives or chemicals.

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Project Coordinator: Professor Emiel Hensen, E.J.M.Hensen@TUE.NL Project Manager: Dr Gabriela Dima, G.E.Dima@TUE.NL

NOVACAM is a coordinated EU-Japan project supported by the European Union and the Japan Science and Technology Agency. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 604319.